Discover the beauty of Münsterland’s park landscape and the many moated castles on your bike ride.
You will bike along numerous streams, through forest and meadows across Münsterland‘s characteristic “Pättkes”. In addition to Westphalian manor homes and old coun-try estates, this tour will take you past the most famous castles in the Münsterland: Castle Vischering and Castle Hülshoff. The shorter legs of the bike trip are the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the castles and palaces, relax in a café along the bike path and discover the villages of Westphalia.
A cultural delight awaits you at the end of the tour: With your bike, you can discover up to 40 sculptures in pub-lic spaces scattered throughout the urban area. Cycling on the Promenadenring, a car-free boulevard around Münster’s city centre promises an even more enjoyable ride.
An extra day is worthwhile in order to also visit Münster’s many interesting museums and old town.
Day 1 - Arrival in Münster
Travel to Münster and check in to the hotel with the option of visiting the city centre, walking distance from the hotel.
Day 2 - Münster – Davensberg (Cycling 33 km / 21 miles)
The first stage is completely in line with the saying 2ri-ver, castle, Münsterland“. A pleasant journey along the Dortmund-Ems canal to the Hiltruper See. Through the ‘Hohe Ward’ forest area, the route passes through ‘Pättkes’ (tracks) towards Albersloh where you come across the Werse, one of the eight major rivers making their way through Münsterland.
The Werse takes you to Rinkerode where you will find the Haus Göttendorf country estate, built in the 17th Century by the von Galen family. The two Haus Borg and Haus Bisping moated castles are to be found nearby. The last stretch of the stage is through the mystical and pristine Davert wooded area to Burg Davensberg, now a museum primarily dealing with vintage farm implements.
Day 3 - Davensberg – Lüdinghausen (Cycling 33 km / 21 miles)
Today’s stage has two divine moated castles. Country paths take you to the Westerwinkel Baroque castle and Schloss Nordkirchen, the Versailles of Westphalia. (with UNESCO protection). The castle has a restaurant tempt-ing you to a short break with a fantastic view of the cour-tyard. The last stretch of today’s stage is along the River Stever to the beautiful town of Lüdinghausen. Overnight stay right next to the castle buildings.
Day 4 - Lüdinghausen – Senden (Cycling 31 km / 20 miles)
Today starts with visits to Burg Lüdinghausen and Burg Vischering, along the river on foot from the hotel. Burg Vischering was partly destroyed in the Second World War and rebuilt in the 50s/60s. It is still owned by the Vische-ring family, who have set up a museum about the history of the castle. Cross the Dortmund-Ems canal and cycle to Buldern continuing through greenery and past typi-cal Westphalian farms. Restaurants, cafés and ice-cream shops invite you to take a short break in Buldern. You come once again across the Dortmund-Ems canal, which takes you to Sendener Schloss (with its beautiful gardens) to Senden. Spend the night at Hof Grothues-Potthoff, known for its delicious asparagus dishes.
Day 5 - Senden – Nottuln (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles)
Today’s cycle stage takes you along the Stever to Appelhül-sen. Just before Appelhülsen the route takes you to Haus Klein-Schoenebeck, an estate from the 14th Century. Af-ter leaving Appelhülsen you come across an old friend, the Stever, which takes you towards Nottuln. Before reaching Nottuln you get to the highest point of Münsterland. At an elevation of 188 m is the 32m-high Longinusturm, built of typical Baumberg lime sandstone. From the tower you can make your way to Nottuln, today’s destination. Th e last stretch is an easy 4 kilometres downhill to your hotel.
Day 6 - Havixbeck – Münster (Cycling 31 km / 20 miles)
Today you have plenty of time to discover all sides of Münsterland. Th e fi rst stretch is along a track around the Baumberge hills to the Schlauchbach stream and just before Havixbeck. Just after leaving the stream you come across Burg Hülshoff , birthplace and childhood home of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Since 2012, seeing the castle from inside and enjoying the food in the castle yard is possible.
Haus Vögdeding and Haus Rüschhaus are two other estates worth seeing on the route. Th e short story ‚Juden-buche‘, perhaps the best known work by A. von Droste-Hülshoff , was written in the ‘Rüschhaus’. Another high-light awaits you at the end of the tour with the castle in Münster. Built by J. C. Schlaun, since 1954 it has housed the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität.
Behind the castle are the Botanical Gardens and the café in the castle grounds, which tempts you to one last rest before heading back to the hotel.
Day 7 - Münster
End of the tour after breakfast or extension day. Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.
Also available for booking:
Münster – Sculpture Projects (approximately 18 km)
Booking an extra night gives you time to experience art in the open. Every 10 years the ‚Skulptur Projekte‘ take place in Münster and leaves its mark around the city by integrating some of the sculptures in the urban landscape.
Off cycling towards Aasee, a large artifi cial lake in the centre of Münster. Here you will fi nd the ‚Giant Pool Balls‘ by Claes Oldenburg, perhaps the most well-known work of the Skulptur Projekte. Past the Wilhelms-Uni-versität, you continue to the promenade, a paved car-free boulevard laid along the city‘s old ring of fortifi cations and which takes you along a shady path once round the city centre. Discover the city on foot and maybe end up looking for more sculptures.
It is worth visiting the Friedensaal in the Town Hall,Dom and/or one of the many museums. Or wander through the city in typical Westphalian calm by popping into one of the typical cafés, stroll around the ‘Prinzipalmarkt’ and bring your tour to a relaxing end.
Hotel Kaiserhof 4****
The Kaiserhof Hotel is in opposite Münster Main Stati-on, walking distance from all attractions and shopping facilities. The Kaiserhof stands out for its 100 individually designed rooms and its wellness area. You will be staying in a Superior Room. These rooms have a large double bed, safe, digital satellite TV, free WiFi, hair dryer, luggage store, full-body mirror, WC, phone, air conditioning, and a complementary bottle of mineral water. Restaurant in the hotel.
Hotel Clemens-August 3***
The Clemens-August Hotel is right in the centre of Davensberg and in immediate proximity to the Davert Burgturm. Along with its particular location, the hotel stands out for its ‚Westphalian‘ flair and the wonderful view of the Deipenwiese park. All rooms have a Nespresso machine, WiFi, one bottle of water per stay, television, shower, WC, hair dryer, telephone and make-up mirror. Restaurant in the hotel.
Hotel No 11
Hotel No 11 is in the pedestrian area of the town of Lüdinghausen, in the immediate vicinity of various res-taurants, cafés and the Burgpark. The hotel stands out for its charmingly laid-out rooms with specific furnishings. The rooms have a small espresso machine, flat-screen TV, safe, high-quality box spring bed, air conditioning, free WiFi, hair dryer, telephone and a bottle of mineral water on arrival.
Hotel Steverbett 3***
The Steverbett is right on the Burgpark in Lüdinghausen. Only its namesake the Stever separates it from the park. Along with the hotel terrace looking towards the park, the hotel stands out for its light, modern rooms. All rooms have TV. shower, WC, hair dyer, free WiFi and a safe. Restaurant in the hotel.
Hofhotel Grothues-Potthoff 4****
The Grothues-Potthoff Hofhotel is in Senden by the beach. In 2015 it was opened near its own farm shop and café, a successful combination of modern and Westphalian flair. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi, a large desk, phone, safe, WC, hair dryer and box spring beds. A large wellness facility with various saunas and experience showers are available in the hotel. Restaurant in the hotel.
The Rosenboom Hotel is in the town centre of Nottuln. There are a number of different sizes of restaurants nearby with regional and international dishes. The aim of the hotel is to bring the North Sea to Münsterland and it ticks all the boxes with its light and modern rooms. All rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TV, shower, WC, hair dryer and shower.
Travel Dates 2019:
Daily from April 15 – August 31, 2019
Prices (per person)
Double Room (p. person)
|Single room (p. person)||
|Half board supplement||139 €|
|Extra night Münster double room (p. person)
|Extra night single room (p. person)||148 €|
6 Overnight stays incl. breakfast
Tour descriptions and map
Tourist information on the places of interest
Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
Tours according to programme
Parking possible at the hotel (extra fee)
Panniers when booking a bicycle rental
We adapt the bike rental to suit your wishes
Arrival and departure transfers, lunch and dinner, entrance fees, insurances.
Comfortable unisex touring bikes with 7-speed hub gears and coaster brakes, luggage, stable trapeze frames, front suspension, sprung seat posts, padded saddles, puncture-proof tyres, LED front and rear lights powered by hub dynamo, quick-release saddle height, click-fix bracket on the handlebar. Alternatively, electric bikes (8-speed, coater brakes) can be hired.
5 x evening meals: 4 x three-course menu, 1 x two-course menu. No evening meal at the hotel in Lüdinghausen. There are good restaurants to be found near to the hotel.
The route is predominately flat to slightly hilly and is over mostly tarmac cycle paths, paved tracks through fields and woods, with only a few sections over dirt roads. With an incline of around of 237 metres, day 4 is somewhat more demanding, but the climb to the end of the stage is still easy to manage.
Arrival and parking:
Arrival by car: Parking available at the hotel.
(secure parking for 15,– € per night).
There is additional parking 1.3 km away for 4,– € per night.
Arrival by train: to Münster / Westfalen Main Station. The hotel is about 150 metres from the station.
Arrival by plane: via FMO (Flughafen Münster-Osnabrück), shuttle bus from the airport to the city centre 7,50 € , taxi from 56,– € .
Details correct as of September 2018, subject to change.
The trip is not suitable for those with restricted mobility.